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Chris Why

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Versatile freelance classical tenor based in the North of England.
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Chris is a freelance tenor based in West Yorkshire and currently studies with Paul Nilon. He commenced his formal training as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral under Aric Prentice. Chris continued his education at the University of Sheffield, where he gained a first-class degree in music, receiving the Mrs Stewart Blake recital prize in his final year. In his undergraduate years, Chris served as a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk at Wakefield Cathedral. Upon graduating, he then obtained a Lay Clerkship at Manchester Cathedral under the direction of Christopher Stokes. Chris has performed with numerous ensembles, including the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers, Stile Antico and the Armonico Consort. His interest in polyphonic works led him to establish and direct his own professional vocal ensemble, the Tallis Consort, which he has directed since 2017. As two entities, the consort consists of a highly regarded professional quartet that performs across the country and a larger ensemble for concerts. As part of the Tallis Consort's upcoming engagements, the group will deliver polyphonic programs at Beverley Minster and Bolton Priory. As a soloist, Chris enjoys a varied mix of oratorio and recital work. Recent highlights include Bach Johannes-Passion (Evangelist) with Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Britten Saint Nicolas at Beverley Minster, Verdi Requiem with Exeter Festival Chorus, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, Schubert Winterreise at Lancaster Priory and a one-per-part rendition of Bach Matthäus-Passion (Evangelist & arias) directed by David Stancliffe. Chris is committed to educating and developing young singers despite being in the early stages of his career. He is responsible for the vocal development of the Choral Scholars at Sheffield Cathedral and the Choristers of Wakefield Cathedral, additionally teaching singing to the pupils of Gateways School. In his spare time, Chris also runs a thriving private singing practice.

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Chris' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sam C
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely amazing, cannot wait to work with Chris again.

Reply from Chris
6 months ago

Thank you, Sam - a pleasure! Looking forward to the next time!

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Dan C
5 years ago, for a Concert in Stapleton Hall Rd
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5 out of 5

Chris is an excellent singer: he is attentive in rehearsal and expressive in performance and delivers his singing with conviction. He is great to work with, too, I have thoroughly enjoyed singing with him and directing him.

Avril D
6 years ago, for a Funeral / Memorial service in Octon Cross Road
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5 out of 5

Chris sang for us at a family occasion with such beauty and feeling that it brought many of the audience to tears. He was totally professional, accommodating and reliable on the day. Well presented and a pleasure to meet. We would not hesitate to recommend him to sing at any occasion and look forward to hearing him again.

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£240
Up to 3 hours£300
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

No problem at all, all I ask is for some notice and I can adapt the requested music accordingly!

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

This isn't a service I provide.

How much time do you need to set up?

No more than twenty minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring everything that I'll need to perform for you!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Of course, I'm happy to learn anything (within reason)..!
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Early music, Opera, Renaissance, Medieval music
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Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching
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